Men’s basketball dominates glass, picks up first home win

By Zack Laware1851 Contributor

All photos by Zack Laware

At 7 p.m. on November 16, the Lasers took on the Eastern Nazarene Lions of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in a non-conference matchup at the Lasell Athletic Center. It was the second home game of the season, and they came away victorious by a score of 83-75.

Looking at the stat sheet, Eastern Nazarene had the slight edge in every statistical category. The Lions shot 50% from the field- the highest percentage the Lasers have allowed all year. In their three previous games, the Lasers had held their opponents to 42% from the field. Where the Lasers did have an edge over the Lions, was rebounding. They outrebounded the Lions 42-26 in total, and 16-4 on the offensive boards.

Graduate forward Kevin Vanderhorst dominated the offensive glass for the Lasers, grabbing seven of his 13 rebounds on the offensive end. Vanderhorst finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and also made his shots count from the free throw line, going 10-11 on the night.

Senior EJ Day, the Lasers leading scorer so far this season averaging 22.2 points, contributed 20 points on 7-15 shooting. Day went on a 9-0 run by himself in the first half, hitting three long range three pointers, putting the Lasers up 25-14 at the time.

Senior Kevin Nunez posted 17 points, and freshman Conan McCusker had 11 points including the three pointer that put the game out of reach.

Eastern Nazarene’s leading scorer sophomore Bernie McGuinness led the way with 13 points, while junior Levi Grady-White and senior Corey McGhee each had 12 points. Junior Nick Manzo also included 10 points for the Lions in their effort to keep the game close.

Junior Matt Rothberg got his first minutes of the season for the Lasers in the second half. Rothberg played six minutes, contributing two rebounds and forcing multiple turnovers. “It felt good, and I am always ready,” said Rothberg. I’m here for teammates whenever they need me and I am happy that we got the win tonight.”

The Lasers will have a long break before their next game on the road as they face Wheaton College on November 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Men’s basketball drops first game of the season 

By Nico Manganiello – 1851 Contributor

All photos by Nico Manganiello

At 7 p.m on November 6, the Lasers took on the Husson Eagles in a non-conference matchup at the Athletic Center. It was the season opener for the Lasers, who lost 86-78. 

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Men’s basketball shows promise with new ambitions

By James Macey – 1851 Staff

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Junior Tim Blair is averaging 15.0 points per game for the men’s basketball team this season. The team looks a lot different this year having nine freshmen on the team. Photo by Katie Schneider

The basketball team has shown a great deal of consistency so far in the 2018 season, making their presence known in the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference (GNAC).  Continue reading “Men’s basketball shows promise with new ambitions”

Winter sports underway in 2018

Winter sports are about halfway through their respective seasons. Men’s basketball is currently in 4th place in the GNAC looking towards the playoffs. Women’s basketball recently won their senior day game against St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 68-42. Indoor track & field recently competed in the 2018 Boston University John Thomas Terrier Indoor Invitational. Men’s volleyball is looking towards their first conference game of the season.

Photos by Katie Schneider, Cassidy Murray and Allie Amos

Basketball set for new season

By James Payne & Danielle Rafuse

The women’s and men’s basketball teams have made preparations for this season and debuted with home wins on November 15.

The women’s team lost six seniors and Assistant Coach Ashley Finnegan at the end of last season. Todd Montana, entering his third season as Head Coach of the team, will look to improve on last season’s 12-14 record (5-6 in conference) and a GNAC tournament quarterfinal loss. Continue reading “Basketball set for new season”

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